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MSC announces Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2020

January 11, 2021


 Murray State College has selected Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni inductees for 2020, but will postpone a celebration of their accomplishments until next year.  Inductees for 2020 and 2021 will be recognized together at MSC’s homecoming celebration in late October or early November of 2021.

“Every year we look forward to welcoming graduates and former students back to campus.  It’s a wonderful time to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.  “This year, however, we’ve had to put our celebration on hold due to concerns for the health and safety of visitors and our campus community.  That postponement in no way lessens excitement over this year’s inductees and their contributions to the history of Murray State College,” added McDaniel.

The Distinguished Alumnus for 2020 is Gilbert O. Sanders, Ed.D.  Dr. Sanders is a 1965 graduate of Murray State College with a degree in social sciences.  After enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1965, Sanders went on to earn a bachelor of arts in history from Oklahoma State University, and a second B.A. from the University of the State of New York.  He holds a master of science in educational psychology degree from Troy State University.  His Doctor of Education degree was awarded by The University of Tulsa, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences in 1974.

Dr. Sanders is a licensed psychologist with decorated service in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychologists, recipient of the United States Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and many other armed forces awards and commendations.

The American Psychological Foundation gave its highest award, the Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology, to Sanders in 2014 and he has been named a distinguished alumnus by the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences.

This year’s inductee to the Murray State College Athletic Hall of Fame is the late Guy S. Berry.Berry, a high school basketball standout from Wapanucka, Okla.  was recruited by Coach Wayne Cobb to play for Murray in the fall of 1968.   After a winning season, the 68-69 team finished fourth in theNational Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., before winning the National Invitational Tournament in El Centro, Calif.  During his 1969-70 sophomore year, Berry was again part of a winningteam that was ranked in the top five nationally.  They again won the National Invitational Tournament, and Berry was named most valuable player (MVP).

Berry passed away in 2007 at the age of 57, but will always be remembered by coaches and teammates as a winning player who had total control over the backboard, exhibited a relentless  work ethic and feared no competitor on the court.